A Greener Mindset for Christmas

By Momoka Yamamoto | Feature Writer

Vol. XCI No. 13

Dec. 13, 2019

Christmas will come soon. Will you plan to celebrate Christmas this year? It is when we can eat holiday exclusive food and sweet desserts with our family, and give presents to our important ones (like lover). It is also where children will wait to get presents from Santa Clause-like figures. We are all looking forward to spend Christmas. 

It is an enjoyable time of the year but we need to think of the occurring environmental impact during this season. Residual products made from exchange of gifts, for example, when we use wrappers, boxes or when we immerse ourselves in unscrupulous eating (because Christmas is all about food), more wastes will be generated compared to our usual lifestyle.

We should reflect on our holiday culture so far, think of greener way to celebrate Christmas, hence consider spending an eco-friendly holiday  this year. An eco-Christmas might be a fresh idea for everyone. What is it all about?

Ecological Christmas is when we make more eco-friendly and sustainable Christmas by reducing our holiday waste, practice shopping smart (buy what is just enough), utilising the latest technology (computer generated fireworks instead of the real one) and so on. And of course, by thinking about becomes of the wastes that we created during this season. How can we do such?

First, we should choose the right wrapping paper. In Europe, most people reuse wrapping paper. If you have discarded it and bought a new one every year, you should  try reusing it to learn the eco-friendly thought of Europium. And there is an important point about knowing which type of recyclable paper should we use. This could be tricky since they all look similar. However, many rolls contain non-recyclable elements like foil, glitter or plastic. If you want to know which of which, you can use the scrunch test. Scrunch up the paper in your hands and then let it go. If the paper stays scrunched up then it can be recycled but, if it unfolds by its own accord, then it likely contains non-recyclable elements. Or else, we can choose instead for recycled wrapping paper, brown paper or tissue.

Second, we should reduce our food waste. One option is to buy less. We should buy them only what we can eat. And when you are food shopping, try and choose items that have light packaging, or just buy loose items. If we have the leftover foods, we can freeze them and stock in a refrigerator. Thereby, we can eat them whenever we want to eat.

Third, we should choose a gift that lasts. At Christmas, it can be tempting to panic buy presents, particularly when we simply do not know what to choose. It is important to avoid buying too much stuff that will end up being thrown out or unused. Instead, we should make every gift counts by purchasing things with value, purpose, and meaning. 

Another great way to help the environment and to save our money is to make our own presents. If we love sewing, baking or painting, we can give a handmade gift. Best of all, it will enable you to put your own stamp on the gift. Especially most grandparents would love handmade cookies, cards and so on from kids.

In these ways, we can have a nice Christmas while contributing to protect the environment. After all, unfavorable environment in the future might no longer allow us to celebrate Christmas.

About theweeklysillimanian (1971 Articles)
Official student news publication of Silliman University.

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